January 22, 2015
It’s time for another packing post. This time, I packed for a 6 day, 5 night trip to England. Unlike my prior packing posts, this was a dual function trip. Here’s how the days broke down and what I packed:
- 2 days travel
- 2 days play time (sightseeing)
- 2 days work time (business meetings)
Since this trip was work based, I used my business capsule wardrobe as the starting point for packing. My business capsule wardrobe is based off a black core, so maintained that color scheme for my casual clothing. In doing so, I was able to pack less footwear, which is always one of the bulkiest items to pack. I prefer to carry-on luggage when flying if possible, but for this trip, I had to check luggage. I checked one suitcase and brought two bags onto the plane, my handbag and my workbag.
I created three mini-capsules for my suitcase based on the 3 activities I would do: business capsule, casual capsule, and sleep/lounge wear capsule.
Business Capsule wardrobe clothes that went in the suitcase:
- Black Blazer
- Black Sheath Dress
- Black Tights
- Grey Thermal Top
- White Printed Scarf (to break up all the black)
- Black Knit Top
- Teal Bow Blouse
- Black Trousers
- Black Ballet Flats
- Nude Knee Highs
- Work Bag (carry-on item; contains noise canceling headphones, laptop, work papers)
Casual and Sleep/Lounge Capsule in the suitcase:
- Sweatshirt/Sweatpants/T-Shirt/Shorts (Sleep/Lounge Capsule)
- Grey Turtleneck
- Black Turtleneck
- Blue Skinny Jeans
- Black Thermals (2 pairs)
- Plaid Shirt
- Black and Blue LS T’s
- Black Lace Up Booties
Additional items in the suitcase but not shown: umbrella (well it is England after all), travel toiletries, flat iron, outlet converter, hair brush, socks and under garments.
It’s currently 10F in my area and I’m traveling to day/night 54F/35F weather, which means layering for the plane.
What I wore on the plane:
- Black Buckle Booties
- Navy Sweater/Jumper
- Gingham Shirt
- Blue Skinny Jeans
- Handbag contains: Kindle, Camera, Sunglasses, Wallet, Passport, Antibacterial wipes, Ipod and headphones, chargers for electronics (not all items shown).
Outerlayer for the plane:
My 3 favorite tips for plane travel:
- No more than 3 pairs of shoes, 2 in the bag and 1 for the plane. My bulkiest footwear is always worn on the plane. I could have traveled with only 2 pairs of shoes, but I’ve learned from the past that comfy footwear at home can sometimes go crazy on a trip and suddenly become uncomfortable. I always pack a third pair on trips when I know I’ll be walking a lot.
- Travel in (almost) the same outfit. The sweater/jumper and jeans will be worn only for the travel days, this way I feel like I have a (sort of) clean outfit for travel. I’ll swap the gingham shirt for the plaid one in the suitcase, otherwise it’s the same outfit.
- Stick to one core color. Sticking to a black core, means my clothes will mix and match easily. If I end up stranded for some reason (it’s happened in the past) I can remix everything easily for a new outfit.
Do you stick to 1 core color for travel?